We have been learning basketball in school and some of us organised getting a team together to play in an open basketball tournament at the weekend. On the day there were three teams with the majority coming from our school and another local school. We played brilliantly as a team and had an outstanding team spirit. We won the main game and are very proud of ourselves!
Have a go at this investigation and comment on how you got on. Did you win? If so, how?
We worked with Tax Pollard in the classroom today making our tiles inspired by our visit to Barnstaple and the museum last week. Some of us wanted to work by ourselves and some of us in groups. We are very happy with what we have made with Taz and look forward to seeing our ideas incorporated in to the finished tiles that are going to be right outside the new extension of Barnstaple Museum. What an amazing project to be part of!
Then we made a design .We got on well as a group. We all had a job and we were good at communicating and including everyone. The measuring went perfect. We did ours very precise and miniature. We changed the columns because the first lot of them were to big so we changed them to be smaller. we did make it a little bit bigger. Scaling it down was quite hard because you had to divide a lot of numbers we got a bit stuck but all the hard work was worth it. If we did it again, we would make the roof taller. All and all we had a great time!
Building our Parthenon was a long process. We faced many challenges along the way. Here is how it went:
1. We started off by researching the dimensions of the Parthenon to scale down to our Parthenon.
2. Then we started building the base for our Parthenon.
3. We started making the pillars. Here is what we had so far.
4.We made a net out of paper for our roof. We made it small so we could copy it but make it bigger. The net was made by Coolhusky.
5. We started making and putting on the pillars. Mistake number one: too much tape.
6. We finished off the pillars. Now for the roof!
In the end, we found out it was too small!!
We started again and made it perfect.
First of all, we needed to make a base for the building. We used newspaper to make the base stronger on the outsides. And that didn’t have any bad effects.
After we had made the base, we started making the columns. The columns held up the roof (Which we hadn’t started yet). It worked really well because we worked as a team and got them done quickly.
The roof had to be the same size as the base; which according to our calculations were 69.5 cm by 30.9 cm. In real life, they were 69.5 M by 30.9 M. Our calculations were accurate.
To make the roof we got some newspaper and stuck some scrunched up newspaper on top of it. This was successful and there were no problems.
We made more columns. We made a prototype column out of card and made the columns that way for a bit. But after a while the prototype turned into an oval shape. So we made them how we did before.
This is where the problems started. We used tape to secure the columns, and that worked, but it pulled them closer together. We worked out the distance between each column whilst planning. To solve the problem we detached the tape a bit. That seemed to work.
We finished making the roof. The main challenge for this, even though it sounds a bit silly, was finding a piece of paper strong enough and big enough. The rest was simple, easy and fun. After we finished the roof, we had to secure the columns a bit more so it could hold the roof. It worked.
This was the final outcome!
If you had to do it again but change something, what would you change?
If we did it again and had to change something, we probably would’ve changed the way we made the columns and the roof. The roof was difficult to make, but successful. We probably wouldn’t have done the roof so complicated, even though it worked really well. We probably should’ve made multiple prototypes for the columns so they would all be the same shape and size.
What went well?
Everything really. It was all very good and successful.
Were your calculations accurate?
Yes they were all correct.
- It was built over 2,460 years ago!
- It cost the equivalent of 469 warships to build the Parthenon!
- The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena.
- The Parthenon replaced an older temple.
- About 7.2 million people visit the Parthenon each year.
- The Parthenon has been a temple, church and mosque.
- The Parthenon was blown up!
- Construction started in 447 BC and ended 438 BC.
Our group worked together well and we enjoyed the activity, we learnt lots of facts about the Parthenon and made it as strong as we could. In the group Sunny83 thought it went well but maybe use less tape. Bluesnail11 said the strength of the pillars were good but the roof design didn’t go to plan. Racoonyraptor said the pillars went well and the roof didn’t go to plan. We think our calculations were accurate because it all came together nicely but we struggled to hold the roof up. We changed the pillars at the beginning and we think it was a good idea. Racoonyraptor said the hardest part was making the roof and Bluesnail11 also said the roof was the most difficult part of the build, sunny83 said the hardest part was attaching the pillars onto the roof. This is our finished piece.
I hope some of you have heard about the terrible earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indonesia. It was rather heart-breaking. Our class has decided to create a fundraiser that will hopefully help some people for Indonesia. If you have any ideas, no matter how big or small, please comment below.
In groups, your challenge is to design and build scale models of The Parthenon based upon the original measurements.
If the Parthenon was 100 metres long, you wouldn’t have space to build it the actual size inside or outside the classroom so you will need to use your excellent mathematical skills to decide upon a scale. Using the example of 100m, you could say that one metre in real life would represent 1cm on your scale model.
Remember that you need to convert the units of measurement first, how many cm in a m?
How many cm is 100m? 1cm on your model would represent how many cm in real life? What would the scale look like from my example?
1: 100 1: 1000 1:10 1:10,000 1: 100, 000 1: 1,000,000
It’s this man’s job to work for Lego to make scale models. Click on the link to find out more:
Would you like to work for Lego making scale models?
Remembering what we have learnt about internet research and research from books, find out about The Parthenon and why it was so important to Ancient Greek people.
Where is it? Who went there? Do people still go there now?
You may use any books in the classroom and library freely. You may use Swiggle for information freely however if you would like to use the Internet for anything else you will need to run it past me first so that I can check to see if it is safe.
Designing and making
Now that you know, the measurements and some basic information about the Parthenon, have a go at making a scaled model.
Sharing your model with the World!
When you have finished, in your groups create a blog post about The Parthenon with information and a photograph of your finished model. You could also add photographs of the process and explain why you chose to make it as you did. Remember not to add photographs of yourself alongside your usernames-I will be taking lots of photographs so that you can focus on the process. Mistakes are for learning so include any problems you came across and how you overcame them in your evaluation at the end of the session.